300 History of Wake Forest College
High School, when the school passed from Baptist control to that of
the State, the principal and teachers were retained; they had never
exercised undue pressure to turn their students to Wake Forest
College, and they did not now, but, at least, they were not hostile to
the College. In the campaign for the associational academies much
interest had been created in Christian education and this interest did
not die when they were discontinued. Furthermore, under the State
system every community, rural as well as urban, in the mountains as
well as in the plains and on the seashore, has been brought in reach of
a high school, with the result that ten times as many Baptist boys and
girls are now prepared for college every year as in the best days of the
denominational academies, while the number of students in the
College is limited only by the accommodations provided for them.
The College also has been called upon to train and equip teachers,
principals and superintendents for the State high schools, and has
responded heartily. Through the department of Education it has year
by year been equipping large numbers of every graduating class for
work in the State schools, being second to no institution in the State in
the number or training of laborers in this important field of education.
Moreover, the College has no longer reason to complain that Wake
Forest men are not employed in the schools of the larger cities. Not a
few of our ablest superintendents and principals in them were
educated at Wake Forest.